Haines, Alaska 2007 Bald Eagle Festival

Festivals and FunHaines, Alaska 2007 Alaska Bald Eagle Festival

Festival takes place November 7 - 11, 2007, during the world's largest concentration gathering of bald eagles.

Over 3,000 eagles gather along a four-mile stretch of the Chilkat River north of Haines, Alaska each fall to feed on a late run of salmon. This is the largest gathering of eagles in the world. Eagles flock from as far away as Washington State for the feast. Starting in late October, eagles by the hundreds can be seen along the sand bars and in cottonwood trees in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The peak of the gathering usually occurs in mid-November.

The festival is crammed with a full Schedule of Events catering to birdwatchers, photographers, and nature lovers. Event highlights include: •Photo Workshops•Speakers and Presentations•Guided Eagle Viewing•Featured Entertainers• Release of Wild Rehabilitated Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles are attracted to the area by the availability of spawned-out salmon and open waters in the late fall and winter. The natural phenomena responsible for five miles of open water during freezing months is called an "alluvial fan reservoir." Water in this large reservoir remains from 10 to 20 degrees warmer than the surrounding water. This warmer water "percolates" into the Chilkat River and keeps it from freezing.

Five species of salmon spawn in these waters beginning in the summer and continuing through late fall or early winter. The salmon die shortly after spawning and their carcasses provide large quantities of food for the eagles. The combination of this large food supply and warm water bring large concentrations of eagles into the Chilkat Valley beginning in early October and lasting through February.


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